Archival Documents

Art Fry fonds [textual record, graphic material]

Creation Date(s): 1898-1901, 1933-1982

Physical Description:
13 cm textual records. -1 poster. - 1 photograph : b&w

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
Art Fry was born in Canora, Saskatchewan, in 1912. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family while he was still a boy, leaving school at the age of thirteen after the death of his father. The young Fry pursued employment as a flower seller, messenger boy, factory worker and farm labourer, to support his family.

Eventually Fry turned to professional boxing, relocating to Dawson City, Yukon, in the summer of 1928 to promoted his own boxing shows. Fry returned to Vancouver at the end of the season but was back in Dawson in 1929 after it became apparent that his boxing career would not see him through the Great Depression. In 1930 Fry found work with Yukon Consolidated Gold Company (YCGC), where he would remain employed for twenty-two years. He also continued to box in Dawson throughout the 1930s and retired as an undefeated champion of the Yukon Teritory.

Fry met Margaret (Margie) Boutillier in 1932. They were married two years later and together they raised five children: Daryl, Dalwyn, Diane, Dale and George. Fry continued to work for YCGC until 1952 when he left the company and took-up placer mining as an independent operator. The placer mine was a family affair, incorporated under the name of King Solomon’s Mine Ltd.

Always active in his community, Fry ran an amateur boxing club in Dawson City, to which he was extremely dedicated. He was also a member and one time District Deputy Sovereign Grand Master of the Independent Order of Oddfellows; president of the Dawson Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) club; executive member of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers Union; chairman of the Dawson Consumers Cooperative Association, 1944-1952; president of the Tagish Charlie Society, and a lifelong member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers, NDP and the Yukon Native Brotherhood. Fry was given a “lifestyle award” by the federal government in 1980, and is also a published author. Art Fry died on June 29, 1994, one month after he Margie celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of documents created and accumulated by Art Fry during the course of his life and work in the Dawson City area. The documents were created between 1898 and 1982, and reflect Art Fry's passion for amateur boxing, his work as a placer miner, his interest in local history, and his involvement with the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF).

Documents in this fonds include: correspondence, minutes, rule books, constitutions, programmes, awards, certificates, a poster, transcriptions of Fry's diaries and mining records, transcription of George Coffey's diary, gold rush era financial documents and correspondence relating to R.B. Steadman and the Anglo-Klondyke Mining Company, one photograph, and other photocopies, transcriptions, printed material and ephemera relating to Fry's interests and activities.

This fonds has been arranged into the following six series: boxing documents; IOOF/Rebekah documents, mining documents; personal diaries; historic document collection; other interests.

Accession Number(s): 1983.185, 1984.29, 1984.184, 2004.16, TD 297

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